Duke's Danny Ferry came home to the state of Maryland last night and made the Maryland Terrapins wish he had never left.

The 6-10 junior forward from Bowie, who played at DeMatha, scored a career-high 33 points to lead the Blue Devils to a 90-83 victory over Maryland last night in front of 14,500 at Cole Field House.

But as Maryland's Derrick Lewis said, "Ferry's going to get his points. It's the other people."

The other people included Robert Brickey, who scored 19 points, many of which came after the 10 rebounds he grabbed. Kevin Strickland added 19 points for the eighth-ranked Blue Devils, who avenged a 72-69 loss to Maryland in Durham, N.C., and pushed their record to 18-3, 7-2 in the Atlantic Coast Conference.

Maryland (13-8, 4-5) lost for the fourth straight time at home. And for a moment, it also looked like they might lose Lewis. The senior forward scored the last of his team-high 21 points with 17 seconds left, but he twisted his ankle when he landed. The crowd, which had been beside itself a moment earlier, fell silent. Lewis hobbled over to the bench and spent 20 minutes in the whirlpool after the game.

"I'll definitely play Wednesday," Lewis said of the Terrapins game at Georgia Tech.

The Blue Devils grabbed the lead for good in the first half with a 16-0 run that erased a four-point Maryland lead and put Duke ahead, 42-30.

Maryland cut the lead to four points several times, the last of which came on Lewis' basket with 17 seconds left. A few seconds earlier, with Maryland down, 83-79, Lewis received a pass on the low post but was stripped of the ball by Strickland.

"We were never out of it," Maryland Coach Bob Wade said. "We fought back time and time again. If Derrick can hold onto that ball, it's a two-point game."

Then again, if the Terrapins had gone to Lewis earlier instead of firing from three-point range, they might have been in a better situation. After all, Lewis was seven of nine from the field, including a three-pointer, while the other Terrapins were four of 12 from beyond the arc.

Besides not getting the points from those misses, the Terrapins were hammered on the boards. In beating Duke the first time, Maryland outrebounded the Blue Devils, 38-27. Last night, Duke had a 22-9 edge on the boards in the first half.

"It was pretty even at the end {29-27}," Duke Coach Mike Kryzyewski said. "But in the first half, we set a tone."

Said Ferry, "They outrebounded us in the last game and we talked about that. If you outrebound a team, you're usually going to win the game."

Duke is the best rebounding team in the ACC, and the Terrapins are the worst. Maryland doesn't seem to have an answer for why.

"No one can pinpoint it," Lewis said. "It's five against five, but I just don't know. Foul problems don't matter that much. It's just a matter of boxing out."

All the Terrapins' big men were in foul trouble but none fouled out. The Terrapins' leading rebounder was freshman center Brian Williams, who started despite a sore left ankle that kept him out of the last two games. Williams had 15 points and seven rebounds.

"I thought Brian was about 80 percent," Wade said.

"It bothers you in idle moments," Williams said. "But when the game starts and the adrenalin starts pumping, it doesn't bother you."

Williams had Maryland's last basket. His dunk with seven seconds left cut the Duke lead to 87-83. Williams immediately called for a timeout. The problem was that Maryland had none left. Ferry then made both free throws to seal the victory for Duke.